Muhammad Makes Most of NBA D-League Debut
RENO, NEVADA -- Every once a while a player needs to remind the basketball world -- and himself -- of how good he can be. Shabazz Muhammad, who's appeared in 11 games and averaged under four minutes a night for Minnesota after being selected with the No. 14 selection in this past year's NBA Draft, used a timely assignment to the Iowa Energy to do just that.
On the third day of action here in Reno, the Timberwolves rookie joined Marquis Teague, Othyus Jeffers and Jarvis Varnado and picked his spots in the flow of the offense to score 12 points in the first half. Then, in the third quarter, he unleashed the star-quality skills that once made him a potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. He slashed, slammed and shot his way to 12 more points in less than six minutes, finishing with 24 on 9-for-13 shooting in 26 minutes.
The biggest headline, however, might not be how much he scored, but how he scored. The UCLA product oft knocked for a lack of athleticism mixed in a few transition dunks that provided the game's best highlights.
"It was real fun," fellow NBA assignee Marquis Teague said of playing with Muhammad. "You can see he's getting all the flashy dunks, you can throw him lobs in the open court, so it's a lot of fun. He's exciting."
Check out what Muhammad had to say after the game below.